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The Resilience Hub & Portland Maine Permaculture Message Board › Open House report and 19 photos uploaded

Open House report and 19 photos uploaded

user 3022592
Portland, ME
Post #: 75
Dear Friends,

Report here -- Photos there.

56 people came to our Open House last Saturday! Francis and I counted them, from various groups or communities: 15 peace activists (3 of these in our PMPM too,) 12 neighbors,
10 from our sacred dance circle, 6 yoga teachers & students, 4 just good friends and 9 through "word of mouth."

In case you're interested, here are the notes I put together in response to Julia's suggestion to "give a little talk." I ended up giving it a handful of times; turned out to be a great idea.

People asked lots of questions and one group in particular got into a thoughtful discussion about the future of life on our planet, and how humans could meet the challenge.

That'll be the topic, Julia told me, of the October 5 Fourth Annual Conference sponsored by "The International EcoPeace Community ESTIA."


Anyway, here are my notes:

Permaculture Open House at McGillicuddys

A Story - how we discovered permaculture

B More than no-till, more than "lasagne gardening."
Building ecological system to bring in whole balance of nature
Roles of plants: nitrogen fixers, nutrient accumulators, spike roots, insectary plants, shelterbelters scaffolding plants etc

C Permaculture - Think of permanent (perennials encouraged), poly as opposed to monoculture. Nature loves diversity and it works as whole. Arrange plants & structure into unified, biologically dynamic whole. Also let nature do the work.

"We are but one living being among many others...we participate rather than rule...begin to shed the mantle of command and return to nature the many responsibilities we have unnecessarily assumed." Gaia's Garden, p. 166

"The designer becomes the recliner." (Bill Mollison)

D Take into consideration aspect -- landform, sun, wind, landform.

Soil life - base of pyramid: plants, insects, animals, people. The broader the pyramid's base (soil organisms) more plants supported...Maximize biodiversity!

"Soil not some inert substrate to poke plants into. Soil alive. Key: Fill soil with life!...
"Soil is miraculous. It is where the dead are brought back to life. Here, in the thin earthy boundary between inanimate rock & the planet's green carpet, lifeless minerals are weathered from stones or decomposed from organic debris. Plants and microscopic animals eat these dead particles and turn them into living matter. In soil, matter crosses and recrosses the boundary between living and dead, and...boundaries -- edges-- are where the most interesting and important events occur." Gaia's Garden p. 57.

E Sheetmulching Everything should have 3 purposes e.g.
Sheetmulching suppresses weeds, prevents erosion, retains water, nourishes soil, ...

F Water catchment (greywater systems). Rainbarrels & swales
1. attracts frogs & dragonflies
2. reflects light onto garden & hoop house
3. harvests rainwater
4. adds moisture to area
5. pollinator pad for creatures
WATERFALL aerates & purifies water. GREYWATER systems of

Edible landscape v.s. lawns - Potatoes in straw
10 fruits -- 8 semi-dwarf planted & more berries
& Pawpaw coming up

Hoop House & Cold Frame extends harvest into winter, seedling protection, joy

Garden Spiral maximizes growing space, diff. micro-climates
Compost bins, composting in place (garbage sandwiches - no waste (even paper plates)
Zones - See design map Check out:

And here are --
More resources given us by David Homa last year:

Elaine & Francis,
It was nice meeting you both. Here are some sites that I have referenced in the past. My place, Fort Hill Permaculture Gardens, is always available for visitors, just send me an email.

P.s. I have attached the list in a word doc. as well.­­

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